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"How to handle business - choosing the right gloves for the job"

A mechanic’s gloves are designed to provide protection against chemicals, fluids and mechanical hazards found in automotive workshops. Among the most dangerous chemicals found in cars are transmission and brake fluids. During the refilling or replacement process of these fluids, there is every chance that the technician’s hands will come into direct contact with these harmful substances, which, after prolonged exposure, will be absorbed through the skin. The resulting health risks can include nerve damage, weakness in the affected areas and even paralysis. In addition, if the fluid comes into contact with a worker’s eyes, say, if they were to rub their contaminated hands on their faces, eye irritation and redness can occur. There are a number of glove types available to mechanics, each suited to a particular task or set of tasks, that allow the user the dexterity to accomplish precise work, while also maintaining a good grip. Such a range gives motor factors the opportunity to benefit from the add-on sale of a specific type of glove, matched to the part that is being sold.

Chemical Resistance

Black Mamba gloves and Torque Grip gloves are both powder free, industrial strength nitrile disposable gloves made from a patented Nitrex polymer and available in boxes of 100 gloves. Both gloves are over six mils (thou) thick giving them more strength, tear, and chemical resistance than standard nitrile gloves. The Torque Grip gloves have the added benefit of a raised pattern over the entire hand area to increase surface performance and grip. The gloves are available in 10 glove retail bags, supplied in POS ready packaging that is perfect for a factor countertop. Both the Black Mamba and Torque Grip gloves provide adequate protection for oil and coolant changes, as well as air-con servicing and re-gas. They are also useful to keep hands clean and protected when handling grease, packing wheel bearings, and they’re even tough enough for tyre changes.

Paint Protection

The ProBlu Mamba gloves are a heavy duty professional latex glove 14 mils thick and 12'' in length for extra protection. The textured grip makes this variety particularly suitable for secure handling in a paint shop. Made of latex, the gloves provide protection against methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), a chemical compound often found in automotive paints, lacquers, and thinners, which is a regular cause of skin irritation, redness, dryness and dermatitis.

Reducing Impact Damage

Impact Protection IPT series heavy duty work gloves are made with a polyester lining and synthetic leather palms, with thermal plastic rubber (TPR) protection where it matters the most. The glove has an adjustable velcro closure, tough back of hand protection and is available in hi-vis yellow. Primarily designed to protect hands from bruising, cuts and burns when working under the bonnet, the gloves are ideal for fitting exhausts, carrying out MOT inspections, or in vehicle recovery situations.

Reaching Under the Bonnet

The new Mamba Mechanics gloves have a form-fitting DryWorx back and vented fingers to help keep hands cool and comfortable. A flexible thermal plastic rubber (TPR) closure provides a secure fit to the wrist, with industrial grade hook and loop fasteners for speedy removal. The double-stitched reinforced index finger construction increases durability, whilst a seamless synthetic leather palm provides optimal dexterity. The glove has many uses including engine swaps, mechanical teardowns and general under the bonnet work. How to handle business.

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